The Format Incubator is now closed!

The Format Incubator is now closed. Thank you for taking the time to submit this year. Outside of this initiative, we welcome pitches year round in our Factual Entertainment department.

Please visit our Independent Producers page for information on how to pitch us.


CBC is on the hunt for new unscripted series that have strong domestic and international appeal, and break new ground in entertainment programming.

In partnership with Warner Bros. International Television Production (WBITVP), CBC Format Incubator will support 1-3 new unscripted pilots through the development and production process, and broadcast the pilots in prime time in Winter 2019.  

The pilots will be financed by CBC and WBITVP, along with provincial & federal tax credits and CMF funding (when eligible). Canadian producers will retain copyright of the program, and the format will be owned equally and jointly by the production company, CBC and WBITVP.

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